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AbstractThe DNA damage protein and transcription factor Atmin (Asciz) is required for both lung tubulogenesis and ciliogenesis. Like the lungs, kidneys contain a tubular network that is critical for their function and in addition, renal ciliary dysfunction has been implicated in the pathogenesis of cystic kidney disease. Using the Atmin mouse mutant Gasping6 (Gpg6), we investigated kidney development and found it severely disrupted with reduced branching morphogenesis, resulting in fewer epithelial structures being formed. Unexpectedly, transcriptional levels of key cilia associated genes were not altered in Atmin(Gpg6/Gpg6) kidneys. Instead, Gpg6 homozygous kidneys exhibited altered cytoskeletal organization and modulation of Wnt signaling pathway molecules, including β-catenin and non-canonical Wnt/planar cell polarity (PCP) pathway factors, such as Daam2 and Vangl2. Wnt signaling is important for kidney development and perturbation of Wnt signaling pathways can result in cystic, and other, renal abnormalities. In common with other PCP pathway mutants, Atmin(Gpg6/Gpg6) mice displayed a shortened rostral-caudal axis and mis-oriented cell division. Moreover, intercrosses between Atmin(Gpg6/+) and Vangl2(Lp/+) mice revealed a genetic interaction between Atmin and Vangl2. Thus we show for the first time that Atmin is critical for normal kidney development and we present evidence that mechanistically, Atmin modifies Wnt signaling pathways, specifically placing it as a novel effector molecule in the non-canonical Wnt/PCP pathway. The identification of a novel modulator of Wnt signaling has important implications for understanding the pathobiology of renal disease.
CitationGoggolidou P., Hadjirin NF., Bak A., Papakrivopoulou E., Hilton H., Norris DP., Dean CH. (2014) 'Atmin mediates kidney morphogenesis by modulating Wnt signaling', Medical Research Council, Human Molecular Genetics, 23, (20) pp. 5303–5316
PublisherOxford University Press
JournalHuman Molecular Genetics
Description© 2014 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press. This is an open access article available under a Creative Commons licence. The published version can be accessed at the following link on the publisher’s website: https://doi.org/10.1093/hmg/ddu246
SponsorsMedical Research Council
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